Justin Peters (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images North America)

Hawks Fly Over Hurricanes

Canes 31-26-9, Hawks 36-23-6

Although the Chicago Blackhawks did not appear to play their best game, it was good enough to take down the Canes 5-2. 

The consolation prize: Bryan Allen got in a sharp right hook to a Hawks’ face. I’ll take it.

Jonathon Toews took advantage of a sputtering Cory Stillman less than a minute into the first to score his 26th goal this season. Toews extends his point-per-game trend to eight games.

The Hurricanes stormed on. Joni Pitkanen had a favorable bounce from the left point that nearly tied the game roughly four minutes after the Hawks’ goal.

It was Eric Staal on the chase of Cole and Stillman on a 2-on-1 to fire one past Corey Crawford to even the score. Both Captains scored the first shot on goal, which is a rarity.

However, the draw was temporary as Hawks’ Bryan Bickell earned his 15th with a rebound off the goal post. Justin Peters appeared unable to zone in on the threat.

Bryan Bickell welcomed rookie Jeff Skinner to C-Town with a huge hit on the boards. Cole took objection, but there was no penalty. The first 20 held no power plays for either team.

The first extra man advantage came for the Canes on a delay of game penalty at 6:16. The second power play came at 9:28 for interference by Patrick Kane, but Carolina was unable to capitalize on the opportunities.

The Hawks’ enter the final twenty with a slight lead at 2-1. The Blackhawks are outscored in the 3rd with 11 goals. Favorable statistics for the Canes, considering the New York Rangers victory that evening shoved them back to the 8th spot.

Ryan Johnson, Dave Bolland, and Patrick Kane decided to alter those statistics. The trio each scored in the first four and a half minutes of the third. Hawks’ fourth line did some serious damage in the final round.

Jeff Skinner, despite a rough night, offered a glimmer of hope with his 23rd with 7:51 remaining.

The Hawks continued to bully the Canes defense.

Carolina fans were able to channel their frustrations through Bryan Allen as he hammered at Troy Brouwer. Both players were served five for fighting, but Allen picked up an extra penalty of cross checking which sent him to the locker room. Jerome Samson served his teammate’s two minutes.

Chicago wins their 7th consecutive game with a 5-2 victory over Carolina. The loss cost the Canes two critical points.

“I’ve watched a bunch of their games and I’m not sure they were at their best, or needed to be tonight,” said Coach Paul Maurice.

Brandon Sutter looks ahead, “They’ve got games in hand, but we’re just worrying about what we’re doing. We’ve got a few days off to rest, which we haven’t had in feels like forever. It’ll be good for us and we’ll be ready.”

The Hurricanes have four well-deserve days to rest before competing with the Atlanta Thrashers on Wednesday.

Coming Up Next: Would Cam Ward had made the difference in Friday night’s game?

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